Russia, Europeans seek compromise UN Syria draft

September 29, 2011 02:55


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UNITED NATIONS - Russia and Western powers on the UN Security Council voiced hope on Wednesday that they would soon have a resolution on Syria that calls for an end to violence without demanding immediate sanctions.

The latest attempt to bridge the wide differences between Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa - the "BRICS" countries - and the United States and European members of the council comes after months of resistance by the BRICS bloc of emerging market nations to tough UN action against Syria.

"If the council indeed is unified in the need to find a political outcome and stop the violence in Syria, then we should be able to have a common ground," Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters after a closed-door Security Council meeting on Syria.

"The main thing is not to lose sight of those two objectives - stop the violence immediately and put in (motion) a political process which would lead to reforms and which would lead to a satisfactory situation of the people of Syria."

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